Farm labor a priority in House for immigration reform – February 12, 2021

Farm labor a priority in House for immigration reform Immigration reform, including legal status for farmworkers, is vital for assuring U.S. economic strength, said chairman Jerry Nadler of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Congress has deadlocked repeatedly over immigration, whether comprehensive legislation or piecemeal reforms, but President Biden, on… Continue reading

Multibillion-dollar debt relief for minority farmers is backed by House committee – February 11, 2021

Multibillion-dollar debt relief for minority farmers is backed by House committee The House Agriculture Committee approved a landmark $4 billion program of debt relief for socially disadvantaged farmers on Wednesday despite Republican objections that the aid was an unconstitutional form of reverse discrimination. Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, said… Continue reading

Agriculture Committee Leader Releases Statement

Washington, DC – House Committee on Agriculture Republican Leader Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement after Committee Democrats passed the Agriculture Committee’s portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill on a party-line vote: “House Democrats made it explicitly clear today there was never any intention to reach across the aisle and that… Continue reading

House panel to vote on SNAP extension and minority farmer debt relief – February 10, 2021

House panel to vote on SNAP extension and minority farmer debt relief Following President Biden’s lead, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee proposed an extension until Sept. 30 of the temporary 15 percent increase in SNAP benefits on Tuesday. Chairman David Scott also included a sweeping proposal for the… Continue reading

Thompson Statement on Agriculture

Thompson Statement on Agriculture Democrats Release of Partisan Reconciliation Measure Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement after Democrats released the Agriculture Committee’s portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill: “Democrats unveiled their $16 billion bill which was drafted behind… Continue reading

USDA seeks ways to ‘de-risk’ climate mitigation, says Bonnie – February 5, 2021

USDA seeks ways to ‘de-risk’ climate mitigation, says Bonnie Farmers face significant expenses in adopting climate mitigation practices, and the Biden administration is pondering how to “de-risk those investments,” possibly through a so-called carbon bank, said USDA climate adviser Robert Bonnie on Thursday. “Can we look at some new authorities… Continue reading

RFS ‘is definitely a priority for this administration,’ says EPA nominee – February 4, 2021

RFS ‘is definitely a priority for this administration,’ says EPA nominee The Biden administration plans a thorough review of recent EPA decisions involving the federal mandate to mix corn ethanol and other biofuels into gasoline, said Michael Regan, the White House nominee to run the agency, at his Wednesday confirmation… Continue reading